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Whale Rider (Te Kaieke Tohora) (2002)

Whale Rider
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(257 ratings)
7.7 IMDB rating

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Vicky Haughton

Vicky Haughton

Nanny Flowers
Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis

Porourangi
Grant Roa

Grant Roa

Uncle Rawiri


Written by
Niki Caro

Niki Caro

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A powerful story of change and tradition meeting.

5 years, 10 months ago at Oct 25 18:21
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''My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs.''

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Keisha Castle-Hughes: Paikea

Whale Rider receives its namesake from the legend, a legend involving the Maori people coming to New Zealand as a r... read more

Brilliant drama! A masterpice!

7 years, 4 months ago at Apr 30 11:54
2 votes
"When she was born, that's when things went wrong for us."

Traditional rich Maori culture is preserved marvellously with Whale Rider; this captivating slice of New Zealand filmmaking. Whale Rider was a complete surprise for me. Habitually, I had mistaken the film for some propaganda that promotes the ideologies of the Maori culture. On the contrary, Whale Rider was the farthest thin... read more

鯨騎士

9 years ago at Aug 25 7:00
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人與動物可以心靈相通,世界萬物是一體的。
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Description: On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direc ... (more)
Release date: 29 August 2003
UPC: 043396022720
New Zealand (15), Drama (12), Family (11), Foreign (8), 2000s (7), Maori (7), 2002 (6), Tradition (5), Based On Novel (4), Sexism (4), Ocean (4), Animals (4), Kiwi (3), NZ (3), Sea (3), Sea Creatures (3), Book (3), Book Adaption (3), 2004 (3), Theatre (3)
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